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Cabinet nods for tougher fertilizer law

  • Published at 02:00 pm June 25th, 2018
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chars the regular weekly meeting of Bangladesh Cabinet at the Bangladesh Secretariat in Dhaka on Monday; June 25, 2018 Focus Bangla

The draft law has been approved bringing some changes in the previously framed The Fertilizer (Management) Act 2006.

The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of The Fertilizer (Management) (Amendment) Bill, 2018, making the punishment tougher by raising jail term and fines.

The approval was given at the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The draft law has been approved bringing some changes in the previously framed The Fertilizer (Management) Act 2006, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said while briefing the reporters after the meeting.

He said the punishment for production, import, transportation, distribution, marketing or sale of fertilizer without having any license has been increased to maximum two-year imprisonment or up to Tk5 lakh as penalty or both instead of the existing maximum six-month imprisonment or up to Tk30,000 as penalty or both in the clause 8 of the draft bill.

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If anyone files 'false case' under the proposed law to harass another person, the person who lodged the case will face the same punishment mentioned for the offenders in the proposed law, said the cabinet secretary.

In the proposed law, the number of members of the National Fertilizer Standardization Committee has been increased to 17 from existing 15.

Cabinet also approved the draft of The National Skills Development Authority Act, 2018 reorganizing few provisions to make it more time-befitting one.

As per the draft law, there will be a 30-member governing body headed by the prime minister and this body will sit for meeting at least once a year.

Besides, there will be a 17-member executive committee headed by the principal secretary of the Prime Minister's Office, which will hold at least three meetings a year.

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